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Colorado Springs-area flu season will go down as 'worst in years'

Life: Health Updated: Mon, Apr 21, 2014

El Paso County's flu season will go down as one of the worst in years - in particular, hitting an adult demographic that typically fares best against the virus, county health officials say.

1,200 turn out at bone marrow drive for D-49 third-grader

News: Education Updated: Tue, Apr 22, 2014

A third bone marrow donor drive held last Saturday for a very ill third-grader at Falcon Virtual Academy produced the largest turnout of any drive in Colorado in at least five years, according to Bonfils Blood Center in Denver.

Study: Diabetic heart attacks and strokes falling

Life: Health Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

In the midst of the diabetes epidemic, a glimmer of good news: Heart attacks, strokes and other complications from the disease are plummeting.

Live Well: A yoga twist on speed dating

Life: Health Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

You're single. You like yoga. You'd like to meet a partner who's interested in yoga and/or the mindful living lifestyle that tends to go along with it. ...

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  • Okla. House passes abortion clinic standards bill

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A bill that would impose strict new state regulations and requirements on abortion providers in Oklahoma has easily passed the state House. The legislation would require the Oklahoma Board of Health to establish the rules, including standards regarding equipment and supplies that might be needed in a medical emergency...

  • Man charged with giving girlfriend HIV

    CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago man is charged with criminal transmission of HIV for allegedly failing to tell his ex-girlfriend he had the disease and giving her the virus. The Chicago Sun-Times reports (http://bit.ly/1lL9dFH) 31-year-old Johanson Little was ordered held Thursday in lieu of $750,000 bail. Assistant State's Attorney Dan Griffin...

  • States seek delay in protecting long-eared bat

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A federal plan to protect one of the bat species that are dying by the millions from a fast-moving disease could also create casualties in the forest products industry, say officials in four Midwestern states that are seeking a delay. The heads of natural resources departments in Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and...

  • Rally pushes to speed up medical marijuana access

    BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts residents suffering from multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig's disease and other debilitating illnesses rallied at the Statehouse Thursday to call on Gov. Deval Patrick to speed up the process for opening medical marijuana dispensaries so they can safely purchase the drug. Matthew Allen, executive director of the...

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    ___ FDA eases into regulating e-cigarettes WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government's move to regulate e-cigarettes is a leap into the unknown. Proposed rules, issued Thursday by the Food and Drug Administration, tread fairly lightly. They would ban sales to anyone under 18, add warning labels and require FDA approval for new products....

  • Oregon moves to dump health exchange website

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon, once expected to be a national leader in the federal health care overhaul, on Thursday moved to become the first state to dump its troubled online health exchange and use the federal marketplace instead. A top Cover Oregon official, Alex Pettit, said fixing the existing system would be too costly at an estimated...

  • Correction: Boozman-Surgery story

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  • Court: State can vaccinate children in its care

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Children in the custody of the state can be immunized over the objections of their biological parents, the Oregon Supreme Court ruled Thursday in a case that involves the eight children of a couple with religious objections to vaccinations. The court found that the children are the custody of the state, which entitles...

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  • Vermont House supports studying pot legalization

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  • University: Details of sperm mix-up still mystery

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  • Illinois governor praises work of slain doctor

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  • Missouri House passes cannabis extract legislation

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